Jul 28

Hunter Research and Technology today is pleased to announce the release of Theodolite 2.5 on the iTunes App Store. This novel multi-function augmented reality viewfinder app serves as a compass, GPS, map, zoom camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer. Theodolite has been featured numerous times in iTunes, including “Rewind 2010: Hot Trends in Apps” and “Augmented Reality: The World Around You”. It was the #1 selling US Navigation app in December 2009 and September 2010.

Theodolite overlays real-time information about position, altitude, bearing, range, and horizontal/vertical inclination on the live camera image of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, turning the device into a sophisticated electronic viewfinder. Theodolite lets users take geo-stamped and geo-tagged camera images and screenshots directly from the app with 2X and 4X digital zoom options, and has a fast photography engine with buffered background image saves. Uses are endless, and the app is great for navigation, outdoor sports, home projects, and photography. Theodolite has a strong professional customer base, and is used in the field by surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, military personnel, competitive sportsmen, and search and rescue workers around the world.

Theodolite comes in four versions – Free, Basic, Pro, and HD – to cover a range of customer needs. The flagship Theodolite Pro (for iPhone and iPod touch) and Theodolite HD (for iPad 2) includes features for serious users, such as a zero reference angle mode, an A-B calculator for height, distance, heading, position, triangulation, and relative angles, e-mail export with KML data, system-wide clipboard integration, percent grade display, optical rangefinders, night lens filters, military grid reference system (MGRS) coordinates, universal transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates, and four latitude/longitude formats. The software implements an advanced “fusion” algorithm that combines gyro and magnetometer data to provide a more accurate, more responsive, and more robust compass measurement.

Version 2.5 of Theodolite implements a location search capability on the built-in map panel and allows users to add and manage position markers on the map. Map markers created with the apps A-B calculator include bearing indicator arrows and show heading and triangulation lines on the map. This new version of Theodolite also includes floating screen markers, better calculation accuracy, improved screenshot rendering, and increased display precision for coordinates. With these new capabilities, Theodolite continues its role as a technology demonstrator app, showcasing the latest and greatest in iOS hardware and software capabilities.

Pricing and Availability:
The demo version Theodolite Free is available for free on the iTunes App Store. The mid level Theodolite Basic costs $1.99 (USD), and the full-featured Theodolite Pro and Theodolite HD cost $3.99. Theodolite Free, Basic, and Pro run on any iPhone with iOS 4.1 or later and also work on the 4th generation iPod touch. Theodolite HD requires an iPad 2 with iOS 4.3 or later. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website. Media professionals interested in reviewing Theodolite can request a promotional code to download the apps from iTunes at no cost.

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